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Reflections on the Napa River

Become a member of Friends of the Napa River  and help us protect and celebrate the Napa River and its watershed in 2016! The start of the new year is a good time for reflection. Taking a moment to look back at a few highlights, in 2015 Friends of the Napa River: FOTNR logo 2015-final

  • rolled out a bright new logo;
  • hired Shari Gardner as Executive Director and Education Coordinator, and welcomed Rex Stults and Drew Dickson to our Board of Directors;
  • after many years of advocating for a design that balanced both function for flood conveyance and an attractive space for the community, we celebrated the dedication of the new Oxbow Commons … will we see the flood gates on McKinstry close and the Napa River flowing through it this winter?
  • collaborated with City of Napa for the dedication of the Jim Hench Memorial Kayak Launch in the Oxbow Commons;
  • received a grant from the Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission to create the Napa Youth Stewardship Council in partnership with the Napa County RCD;
  • continued our advocacy for public access to the river including additional Bay Area Water Trail  designations and San Francisco Bay Trail expansion;
  • provided information about the Napa River and its watershed to more than 500 school children and to the public at multiple events;
  •  worked with the Napa County RCD to “re-oak” the Napa Valley through education and student and community acorn plantings.

There is so much to look forward to in 2016! Friends of the Napa River will continue to advocate for the completion of the flood project, lend our support for restoration projects along the creeks and river, expand classroom and community watershed education efforts, collaborate on clean-ups to prevent trash from entering the river, champion incorporation of Living River Principles in developments along the river, and bring the community together to celebrate our Napa River.

We need your support! Donations are vital to our ongoing success. Click here to join us. We can also use volunteer help. Contact Shari Gardner or follow us on Facebook to learn more.Thank you and Happy New Year!

  1. David Friedman
    January 27, 2016 at 17:38

    The issues described in the NYT today are ubiquitous. Anthropogenic impacts on urban and farmland can be witnessed by evaluating the dysfunctional physical, biological and chemical soil conditions. I am a retired Soil Conservationist have studied these soil impairments. Efforts to help “restore” the watershed must address the soil impairments. Plants and trees are sessile. They are stuck in place, they cannot migrate to soil conditions that provide needed moisture, microorganism, nutrients and other needed soil conditions. Trees cannot develop a diverse and deep rooting system where soil bulk densities approach same values as concrete. The loss of freshwater flows to streams and the accelerated runoff peaks and volumes are all resulting from dysfunctional soil conditions.
    USDA and EPA must adopt soil standards and cost share on soil health practices to help restore watersheds on all lands.
    Healthy soil is at the root of everything.
    David Friedman

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